Will be visiting LA from NYC in early March, only for two nights. Would like to have sushi one night and something wine-bar/small plates oriented the other. On past visits to LA, I've had sushi at R 23 (twice--first time more memorable than the 2nd), the Hump (had a great experience there), and Tama on Ventura Blvd. a couple of times--close to where I'll be staying, and a good standby. I'd like to try another sushi place in the vein of the Hump or R 23, someplace with at least a modicum of atmosphere (like the Hump; unlike Tama), but not a scene and definitely not a sushi nazi kind of place where we'll be abused. Price range around the same as Hump would be good--not too much more than that.
I've been to AOC several times and it's been my LA favorite. Went to the Hungry Cat once and was underwhelmed. Also tried Angelini Osteria and found it so completely unmemorable that the meal has entirely escaped me. I probably get better Italian in NYC anyway.
I'm interested possibly in trying Lou on Vine or Bottle Rock (I know, main focus is wine, but at least for drinks). Any thoughts or other recommendations?
Also, has anyone recently tried Pace on Laurel Canyon? I know it's been around for a long time, but it's always looked cozy to me and I wonder whether it's worth a try.